Poster of film, Loving Vincent, van Gogh's Story to the Screen

Film Review – “Loving Vincent”

Artist/Filmmaker Brings van Gogh’s Story to the Screen Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Either he will go mad or he will leave us all behind. Which of the two it will be I am not able to foresee.” — Camille Pissarro At 27, he was already a failure. Born into an ambitious, middle-class....
Photo of "Hikawa Maru” screens on Nov. 5, 13 and 20.

HIFF – Film For Thought

“HIKAWA MARU” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 94 min. From veteran anime director Shunji Oga comes the epic tale of the legendary Japanese ocean liner, the Hikawa Maru. In May...
Photo of “Bittersweet” screens on Nov. 9, 13 and 18.

HIFF – Eat, Drink, Film

“TSUKIJI WONDERLAND” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 110 min. Written and directed by Naotaro Endo. Tökyö’s Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world. Opened in 1935, the...
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HIFF – Made in Hawai‘i

“THE CALLING FROM THE HEAVEN” | International Premiere | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 79 min. Written by Yuki Tsuchida. Directed by Kazuyoshi Nagashima. Miwako’s belief that her son Rikiya Asai was...
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HIFF – Fantastic Asia

“SADAKO VS. KAYAKO” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 98 min. Written and directed by Koji Shiraishi. Two ghosts — Sadako (“The Ring”) and Kayako (“The Grudge”) — who each spawned a...
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HIFF – Sound X Vision

“WE ARE X” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 93 min. Edited by Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringouin. Directed by Stephen Kijak. From the production team behind the Oscar-winning...
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HIFF – Asian Cinerama: Asian Film Awards Academy Roadshow

“FIRES ON THE PLAIN” | Festival Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 108 min. Written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. “Fires on the Plain” follows a soldier, Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi), who, along with hordes...
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HIFF – Documentaries

“A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU (TOHOKU NO SHINGETSU)” | U.S. Premiere | Canada | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 98 min. Written and directed by Linda Ohama. A moving story of love, survival and old Japanese...
Allison Arakawa Sears performing “Bashofu” at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Musical Classic – “Bashofu” – Taking Us Home

The “Bashofu” Story Has Roots in Hawai‘i and Okinawa Jodie Chiemi Ching Umi no ao sa ni, sora no ao . . . (Deep emerald hues of the sea, the radiant blue hues in the sky . . .) For many Uchinanchu around the world, just hearing the first line of the song “Bashofu” triggers....
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HIFF – Global Positioning Shorts

“GUNKANJIMA: TRAVELER IN TIME” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | No Dialogue | 7 min. Directed by Kiichiro Nakamura. A girl walks on the abandoned island with her camera. All the histories and old memories of...

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